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Spring Classes – Open Enrollment

Spring Classes – Open Enrollment

Emily, charcoal, 16×14″ by Brenda Hash, PSA

I will be offering two studio classes this spring on Thursdays at the Gates Fine Art Building in Rosenburg, TX. Classes start on February 2nd. We will be “Painting with Charcoal” in the morning class and doing the “Art of Your Choice” in the afternoons. Complete information on each class is found here and here.

2-Day Georgetown Workshop in December

2-Day Georgetown Workshop in December

After all the Thanksgiving hustle and bustle is over and before the Christmas rush begins, give yourself a much needed artistic retreat. I’ll be teaching a two-day workshop in a quaint little town right outside of Austin, Texas. Georgetown has it all; great restaurants, numerous antique shops and the best cappuccino I have ever tasted. Oh, but you probably want to know about the workshop. Read more...

Fall 2016 Art Classes

Fall 2016 Art Classes

Announcing my Fall 2016 Art Classes beginning in August. A semester includes twelve, three-hour studio style classes where beginner to advanced artists may work in oil or soft pastel. Both a morning  class and an afternoon class are being offered. The morning class will study “Getting the Right Perspective”, where we will copy a master painting and tackle topics such as aerial and linear perspective to improve our depictions of the landscape. The afternoon class will have an open format where artists will bring in their current projects and receive on-going critiques aimed at improving their skills on the subjects they have chosen.

For more information on these classes follow the links below:

Morning Class (9am – NOON) – Getting the Right Perspective
Afternoon Class (1:30pm – 4:30pm) – Art of Your Choice

Orchids in Bloom

Orchids in Bloom

Took a little time off and painted one of my orchids that was in bloom. Sometimes life just needs to be simple like this painting and this post.

Portrait of Janie Hengst

Portrait of Janie Hengst

My portrait of Janie Hengst, retiring Principal of John Paul II Catholic School, was unveiled May 20th during a special mass and program honoring her many years of dedication to the school. I have yet to meet Ms. Hengst, but I know without a doubt that she is loved and admired by her peers. This portrait was quite a challenge, and I’d like to give you some insight into how I handled a couple of issues. Read more...

Portrait of a Pastelist

Portrait of a Pastelist

Hot off my easel is a portrait I’ve been wanting to paint ever since I met Liz at a meeting of the local Pastel Society of Southeast Texas. She has an inescapable presence sporting her white spiked hair. I just had to paint her!! I chose to use pastel for this portrait Read more...

Researching a Posthumous Portrait

The rain left and it was a beautiful, blue-sky, October afternoon at Baylor University for the unveiling of my posthumous portrait of Dr. Gordon K. Teal in their brand new Elliston Chapel.

UnveilingWithDrGravagne

The portrait will hang in the lobby of Baylor’s Gordon Teal Residential College which houses their Engineering and Computer Science students. Here is the portrait (48 x 36, oil on linen).

Original oil painting by Brenda Hash. Photographed by Alvin W. Gee. The portrait is hanging in the entry of Teal Residential College at Baylor University.

Dr. Teal was a fascinating man to research, and I thought it would be helpful to portrait artists out there to walk through my research  Read more...

An Interlude With Vigée Le Brun

An Interlude With Vigée Le Brun

I will return to my discussion of the Kimbell’s special exhibit of artwork from the Museums of Scotland, but let’s pause for one of my favorite artists from the early 1800’s, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun. She is none other than Read more...

2-Day Portrait Workshop in June

2-Day Portrait Workshop in June

I am so pleased to be giving a portrait workshop in conjunction with the Women Painting Women – Texas Exhibition at the Georgetown Art Center in Georgetown, TX. This is just 28 miles north of Austin, TX. The title of the workshop is Perfecting a Likeness: The Commissioned Portrait in Soft Pastel or Oil and will take place June 26 & 27, 2015 (Friday/Saturday). In these two days we will study from the model and learn to recognize and produce correct anatomy of the face, neck and shoulders. We will also discuss classical proportions of the head and common mistakes made in their construction. Go to my Short Courses & Demos page and click on this workshop to learn more and to register.

Fall Class Registration Has Begun

Fall Class Registration Has Begun

My fall art classes at the Gates Fine Art Building will begin in three short weeks! Check out my Group Instruction page for fliers containing all the details and a map to the studio. I will be teaching the following two courses: The Portrait in Red Chalk and Art of Your Choice. Deposits are due now to hold your seat in one or both classes. See the fliers at the link above for more information. Start your creative engines!